Severn romps to 'B' crown, 3-1 Admirals take early lead and dominate Roland Park

Girls soccer

November 13, 1997|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Never mind the two previous losses by a combined score of 8-1. Forget that their opponent, Roland Park, hadn't allowed a goal in the playoffs. Riding their biggest emotional surge of the year, the Severn Admirals considered yesterday's Catholic League B Division championship game at Patterson Park's Utz Twardowicz Field a "gimme."

Said midfielder Carol Prickett: "We knew we were a team that couldn't be beat in this type of situation. We knew it from the second we came to the field."

Prickett scored a pair of first-half goals, helping the Admirals build a commanding early lead en route to a 3-1 win.

After starting the season with a whimper, Severn finished with a roar, going 7-1-1 over its final nine games to give the Admirals their first title under fourth-year coach Jeff Edwards.

"We just came together as a team, built the momentum through the second half of the season, and carried it right into the tournament," said Edwards, whose team had lost 4-0 and 4-1 to the Reds earlier this season. "Heart-and-soul is really all it is.

"I told the girls that they may be a better skilled team than we are, but if we win every ball, we'll win the game."

Severn (13-6-1) didn't win every ball, but in the first half it came pretty close.

Playing an aggressive, attacking style, the Admirals began the game with an offensive blitz, taking the lead 12: 06 into the first half. After a Roland Park hand-ball in the box, Prickett beat goalkeeper Susan Italiano to her right on the resulting penalty kick.

Just four minutes later, the Admirals made it 2-0 on Carrie Staines' bullet from 15 yards, then extended their lead to 3-0 eight minutes before halftime on Prickett's goal off an indirect kick from Megan Barkes.

For a Roland Park (14-4) team that missed out on a handful of good scoring chances, including a cross by Caline McHenry that sailed untouched through the goal mouth and a direct kick by McHenry that curved inches wide, the deficit proved just too big.

"We were a little flat. I think our girls got down a little," said Reds coach Danny Santoro, whose team outshot Severn, 15-11. "We had plenty of opportunities, but we couldn't put the ball away."

McHenry scored the lone goal for Roland Park off a feed from Mary McCeney with under 5 minutes left, but it was too little, too late.

Still, after improving by seven wins from a year ago, in what had been deemed to be a rebuilding year, Santoro said he had no complaints.

For Severn, winning the championship seemed the perfect conclusion to a turnaround season. Edwards said the early-season problems were a result of his players not coming together as a team.

Since mid-season, however, it has been another story.

"We mentally have improved and physically have improved, and really have come together as a team," said Prickett, who finished her senior season with 14 goals. "We started gaining confidence as the year went on. We built it up and built it up, and I think it came out in this game."

Pub Date: 11/13/97

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